Katriona Taylor is an international singer/songwriter whose music is soulful and evocative, with strong melodies and tender lyrics. Katriona works with only the very best musicians, excelling in high quality entertainment that appeals to a wide range of audiences.
She performs jazz, latin and funk compositions as well as her own original songs. She creatively reworks the jazz standards and as an arranger, Katriona has a remarkable knack for making the old classics sound fresh, without losing the essence of the songs.
This singer’s strength lies in her versatility. Her distinctive vocals allow her to sing different genres side by side and do them equal justice. Her clear, pure voice has the ability to transport you to another place with the gentlest of caresses.
Her confidence and talent have established Katriona’s solid reputation on the UK and international jazz circuit as a singer/songwriter. A charismatic performer, she commands the stage bringing explosive energy to hot latin and jazz rhythms, with her smokey soulful sounds.
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Katriona has produced five albums to date, recorded on DivaDoll records and distributed worldwide. Her latest album Blind Passion, arranged and produced by Katriona, features her own original songs plus pays tribute to blind artists such as Stevie Wonder, Jose Feliciano, Diane Schuur & Ray Charles – some of the finest musicians in the world who have inspired millions. Katriona felt it was time to honour these trailblazers. One of the tracks on the album (As you see me now) was kindly contributed by Jools Holland.
“So lovely to hear, thank you Katriona. Beautifully sung – I love it!” Jools Holland
“Blind Passion is terrific, with the arrangements giving a super completeness” Jeff Wayne – Composer of War Of The Worlds
“This album has such a special energy! It embodies everything I love about music at this time in my life” Katriona Taylor
“As a singer, Taylor has a sultry, smoky voice that never sounds overly smooth or forcedly ‘seductive’ – she’s a versatile vocalist who can pay tribute to Nina Simone and Diana Krall“. Jon Clay – Jazzwise Magazine
“Her voice is sultry, soulful and well enunciated and as a writer she has a way with a melody. Her excellent musicians lay down a mean soul / jazz / funk groove that compliments Taylor’s smouldering vocals superbly. This is the kind of stuff championed by Michael Parkinson“
Ian Mann, thejazzmann.com – The Precious Time
The Katriona Taylor Jazz and Latin Band
Katriona is an accomplished band leader and works with a variety of talented musicians in her band. She recorded her second and third albums with The Neil Cowley Trio. Katriona regularly works with Latin pianist and aficionado John Crawford, and recorded her fourth album, Precious Time, with him. John also features on Katriona’s latest album, Blind Passion, along with Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor & soprano saxes, flute), Peter Hammond (piano, electric piano, Hammond organ), Dave Jones (bass), Chris Nickolls (drums), Dominic Ashworth (Spanish guitar) and Robin Banerjee (guitar), who has also worked extensively with Amy Winehouse.
Her band has also featured other great sax players, such as Jean Toussant, Tony Coe, Tony Kofi, Derek Nash, Mornington Lockett, Brandon Allen and Tim Whitehead. Other collaborations include Pete Churchill, Johnny Dankworth, Allan Ganley, Davide Giovaninni, Nick France, Robin Bannerjee, Nigel Price, Lianne Carrol and many more.
Do you want an amazing singing coach? Look no further than Katriona. I was a novice singer – and nervous: I need not have worried. It was a real privilege to have Katriona as my guide: she teaches by example. If you are prepared to invest some effort, the returns are surprising and inspirational. After one of my lessons, an experienced singer was due to have vocal coaching i.e. Katriona coaches at all levels. She is a highly trained professional and will coach at the appropriate level. By the way, do go along and listen to one of her jazz Quintet shows: you will have a great evening. Or attend one of Katriona’s singing workshops. You will have fun.
From A Brind